(Kitco News) - Gold prices ended the U.S. day session moderately lower Tuesday. Prices are hovering not far above Monday’s 10-month low. Bearish technical charts, upbeat trader and investor optimism and a firmer U.S. dollar index continue to work against the safe-haven metal. February Comex gold was last down $7.10 an ounce at $1,158.80. March Comex silver was last down $0.252 at $16.935 an ounce.
The marketplace is anticipating the results of what is arguably the most important economic event of the month: the U.S. Federal Reserve FOMC meeting that began Tuesday morning and ends Wednesday afternoon with a statement. Most believe the Fed will raise interest rates for the first time in a year. In fact, the Fed funds futures market shows a 100% chance the Fed will raise U.S. interest rates this week. With a Fed rate hike so fully expected, the markets have mostly factored such into their price structures. Thus, don’t be surprised to see many markets show a “buy the rumor, sell the fact” scenario following the actual announcement of the Fed rate hike. In gold and silver markets’ case, it would be “sell the rumor, buy the fact.”
The key “outside markets” on Tuesday saw Nymex crude oil prices trade firmer, on some follow-through strength after spiking to a 16-month high on Monday and then backing off the high by the close Monday. The U.S. dollar index traded slightly higher in early U.S. trading. The greenback bulls remain technically strong as prices are not far below the recent 13-year high.
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Technically, February gold futures closed prices closed near mid-range today. The gold bears have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. There are still no early clues of a market bottom. Prices are in a six-month-old downtrend on the daily bar chart. Gold bulls' next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at $1,200.00. Bears' next near-term downside price breakout objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at $1,125.00. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of $1,167.90 and then at $1,175.00. First support is seen at this week’s low of $1,152.50 and then at $1,150.00. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 2.0
March silver futures prices closed near mid-range today on a corrective pullback from Monday’s gains. The silver market bears have the firm overall near-term technical advantage as prices are in a six-month-old downtrend on the daily bar chart. However, there are early clues to begin to suggest that a market bottom is in place for silver. Silver bulls' next upside price breakout objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $18.00 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at the November low of $16.245. First resistance is seen at last week’s high of $17.30 and then at $17.50. Next support is seen at this week’s low of $16.735 and then at $16.50. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 3.0.
March N.Y. copper closed down 185 points at 260.05 cents today. Prices closed near mid-range today. More profit taking was featured. The copper bulls still have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls' next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the November high of 275.30 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at 250.00 cents. First resistance is seen at today’s high of 263.05 cents and then at 265.00 cents. First support is seen at today’s low of 256.65 cents and then at 255.00 cents. Wyckoff's Market Rating: 6.5.